Parish Announcements, Prayers & Meditations

Prayer of the Day

You are great, O God, and greatly to be praised. You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you. Grant that we may believe in you, call upon you, know you, and serve you, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.    Amen.

Technology Grant from Sierra Pacific Synod: Immanuel has received a grant to improve our ability to worship on line. The Church Council is developing ways we can on line with Zoom (or another formats), and ways we can live stream services so that they can be viewed at home. Hopefully, we can start some of this very soon. We will keep you updated.

Zoom Service for Sunday, July 5, 2020: Please join Immanuel as we use the grant from the Sierra Pacific Synod with our Zoom Worship Service this Sunday. You can follow the service as we worship together online, or simply print it out. The service text and ZOOM access link may be found HERE. The council is also exploring other ways to live stream services in the future. Stay tuned.

Congregation Concerns: We wish we could meet in person to see and connect with each other. Members have been calling each other and Dine and Connect volunteering offers face to face contact. It is important that our offerings continue to support our going forward. Please send your donations to the church, 1910 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501, or drop them in the mail slot to the right of the metal gate on Santa Clara Ave. Zoom meetings have taken place with the council and Ladies Aid, but we hope we can meet again in person soon as more restrictions are lifted. Immanuel has received a grant from the Sierra Pacific Synod to improve our technology to keep the congregation connected. We will have more news on that soon. In the meantime, stay home as much as possible, wear a mask while performing essential activities that make physical distancing difficult (including getting exercise!), and most importantly, stay well so that we can meet again soon in person.


Updated Guidelines for In Person Gatherings – Sierra Pacific Synod: A message from Bishop Mark about In Person Gatherings HERE. Please review and know that these recommendations are current for upcoming July 4 celebrations and well beyond for the entire Synod.

We are sorry that we cannot worship together in our Sanctuary for Sunday worship services for now. The Prayer of the Day and readings for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, which will also be on ZOOM this week may be found HERE. Check your email for info to connect to ZOOM.

Church Council Members for 2020
President                     Andrew Thomas
Vice President             Deanna Johe
Secretary                     Beth Greene
Treasurer                    Chris Fetzer
Financial Secretary    Jane Sullwold
Member at Large         Ruth Dow (Outreach & Social Ministry)
Member at Large         Chris Kanbergs
Member at Large         OPEN (Property Oversight)

Church Council openings were prayerfully offered and considered by the assembly. The following position of Property Oversight Council Member-at-large still remains largely unfilled. The monthly Council meetings are generally 1 to 1-1/2 hours in length. The positions are for a two-year commitment.

New Pastor Update:  The church council has been communicating with a pastoral candidate over the last months. She has decided to withdraw from consideration as pastor at Immanuel due to health issues which would interfere with serving here. The church council is contacting the Sierra Pacific Synod for more recommendations for an interim pastor.  All steps in this process have been slowed down by the COVID-19 restrictions. 

Outreach Ministry to the Homeless:    Immanuel Lutheran Church, in conjunction with the Dine & Connect Work Group, which consists of organizations like Building Futures, Operation Dignity, the greater Alameda Faith Community, and the City of Alameda, will be hosting monthly dinners for the homeless here in Alameda. The dinners are free and occur on the last Monday of the month here in the ILC Parish Hall. This month the dinner will be a carry-out dinner due to Covid-19 protocols. It will be held tomorrow on, Monday, July 27th from 4 – 6pm. A limited number volunteers will be needed in all categories of hospitality from food prep to recycling & cleanup. Contact Terry for more information. It is hoped and prayed for that this much needed ministry will be a small but important step in helping feed those who are hungry and unsheltered.

Boy Scout Troop 6 Update:    despite the limitations of sheltering-in-place, life around our facility continues. Our very own Boy Scout, Troop 6 has one member working of advancing to the rank of Eagle Scout. His name is Michelangelo and he’s refurbishing classroom 206 in the Education Building. According Scoutmaster Mike, Troop 6 also has two other members working on achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Best wishes to all the boys, and congratulations for a job well done.

Census 2020:    It is important that all people are counted in the 2020 census to accurately allocate money for services and schools. Check your postal mail.

Food Bank Sunday:    Immanuel regularly celebrates Food Bank Sunday on the first Sunday of every month. The Alameda Food Bank (AFB) has suspended community food donations, but will continue to receive any monetary donations for those in need. Food donations are always accepted at any time here at Immanuel. Please feel free to bring and place your donation in the food collection box at the Education Building.

Visionary Team Meeting:    will next briefly via an on-line conference call  on a date yet to be determined. Your ideas, thoughts, and prayers for the future of our parish are always welcomed, so please stay tuned for future notices in these announcements. And by all means, consider joining us in this incredible ministry. All are invited to participate.

Church Council:    will try to meet on a monthly. Meetings to be randomly set by the council members. Anyone who is interested in the business side of the church is invited to call or email one of our council members. All are welcome to stay in touch.

Ladies Aid:    generally meets on the third Sunday of every month. However, due to current health concerns the next meeting will be a Zoom meeting. Contact a member for instructions if you would like to join in the meeting.

Mens Group:    regularly meets on the 1st Saturday of every month at 10am at Marti’s Place, 1905-1/2 Encinal Ave. near Lafayette for fellowship and a little pastoral “checking in”. Our meetings have, of course, been suspended until after the health crisis. Our next gathering will be determined hopefully sometime in the near future. When we can reschedule, it’s hoped that you can make it. The food is great, and of course all men are always welcome.

Worship and Music:    regularly meets on the 2nd Sunday of the month after Coffee Hour. Because of the recent COVID-19 health concerns the team will suspend any further meetings until the health crisis is over (God willing). Please feel free to join us at that time. All are welcome.

Son-Light PreSchool Advisory Team:    generally meets on Fridays. The next meetings will start up again after the health crisis is over. We meet in the Helen Room. All are welcome.

Son-Light PreSchool Teachers:    We pray for all of our teachers who have been laid off – Preschool Director Yvonne Brewer, Teachers Jean Benge,  Elaine Nye, and Monice Pernell. For the children & their families in our preschool program. Please keep them in your prayers

Organ Repair:   Thanks to all who donated to the first phase of our Werner Bosch, Opus 353 organ repair. Pledges and donations for the remaining 4 phases will still be graciously accepted. This wonderful instrument was donated and installed in 1965 by the Roth family for just under $85,000. To replace an instrument of this caliber and quality in today’s market would be significantly over $500,000. For further information, please talk to our Music Director, Terry O’Connor, or any Council member.

Immanuel Choir Sunday:    Immanuel regularly celebrates Choir Sunday on the last Sunday of every month and on the major Feast Days such as Easter & Christmas. Anyone who wishes to sing, or learn how to sing and read music, or play an instrument is encouraged to join. There are no auditions – simply a desire to sing or play music. We gather to warm-up at 9am, then sing for worship. Since worship services have been cancelled due to current health concerns, Choir Sunday won’t be held until further notice. However, if you’re interested, please contact Terry O’Connor, our Music Director, or email him anytime at

Recycling Program Change:   Immanuel is always trying to be  “greener” and has recycling bins in the kitchen and Parish Hall. Please be careful in throwing out trash. See signs on containers as you throw away items. Recycling Needs: for plastic, please remove tops – for aluminum, please take off pull tabs and put in plastic bag for the Ronald McDonald House. Crush both plastic and aluminum and put in separate bags and loosely tie. Bring items to the Parish Hall to help our planet and raise funds for our church. Glass can also be brought if carefully bagged or in boxes so they do not break. Thank you for helping to cut down on landfill and help our planet.

Church Office Hours:   staffed by volunteers has been suspended. New hours have yet to be determined. If you need assistance, please call the office at (510) 523-0659 anytime and leave a message for staff or for our Council President, Andrew Thomas.

Coffee Hour and Altar Flowers:    Sign-up charts for Coffee Hour and Flowers have once again been posted in the Parish Hall for 2020. If you would like to bring flowers for the altar or to host coffee hour.

Last Sunday:    Attendance: +++    AFB Food Distribution (June): +++ lbs.

Prayer List:   Marsha Barta (Adeline’s daughter), Joyce Bryan, Cheryl Bess, Scott, Cameron, Clementine Jackson,  Gina Grossi, Erika Wiesmann, Ann Miller Taylor, Claudia Hunter Larsen, Don and Barbara Wilson, Roy and Marcia Goldt, Marty Cosgriff, Michelle (Chris Kanbergs daughter), Nathan Gould, Shirley Lustig, Linda Glasenapp, Andrei McQuesten, Charlotte Berndt, Cecilia Maldonado, Tulio (ILC custodian who’s recovering from surgery), Barbara Nemer (healing from shoulder surgery, family and friends of Adeline Peters, Barbara & Jerry Journay for healing, Heidi Schmidt and sons on the death of John (Ted) Schmidt, Keith Bryan, Barb (mother of Karen’s friend Deb), Tiffany Buchner on the death of her husband Eric Marston, the family of Steven Bennis of Alaska, Pastors Dot & Bill as they travel across the country to their new home, all who are suffering in any way from the COVID-19 pandemic, Pastor Dot and Bill as they settle into their new home in Maryland, and the family and friends of J.D. Molgaard. .

(Please call the church office to leave updates to the Prayer List)


“So do not fear,for I am with you; do not be dismayed , for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10

God remains close and grace always abounds.  We have only to reach out to God through prayer and to one another via chats, Facebook, phone calls, texts.

I invite you to use some of this time to spend time with God as we wait this virus out.  Spend time in prayer.  Talking with God.  Renewing the one relationship that will see you through.  And then remember, as you might be tempted to grab up all the toilet paper, that God loves your neighbor, too.   Leave supplies for others.  Spend time in prayer for them.  We all need each other.  We all need God.  We will make it through this time together.